Plano mom was hit with a rent increase of $ 750 per month. Here’s what you can do if this happens to you

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An attempt to negotiate with the landlord who raised his rent by $ 750 a month is at an impasse, Courtney Humphries said this week.

She said The morning news from Dallas that the owner of the Plano house and her property manager did not respond to text messages and emails she sent regarding the new terms of her lease.

Rebecca Shuai Ren of Tong-Parsons Realty said The news that the price increase from $ 1,950 to $ 2,700 per month reflects the market value of the region. Rent hadn’t gone up for a little over three years and costs to the landlord had gone up, such as maintaining the property.

“It was the owner’s sole decision,” Ren said. “I was just following what the owner told me to do.”

The price is “reasonable” and no different from other rental homes in Plano, she said.

A search on Zillow for rental homes in Plano shows prices comparable to what the landlord asks Humphries to pay for the nearly 3,000 square foot home.

“We hope she stays, but I won’t push anyone to do anything,” she said.

Humphries, a single mom, said she decided to stay and pay the rent increase because her son was a senior with Plano ISD and she didn’t want to move until the end of the school year.

She is telling her story not to seek financial aid, she said, but to raise awareness as rental prices for homes and apartments soar in the region.

“Hikes like this could put many families on the streets,” she said in a previous message to The news.

Courtney Humphries of Plano poses in front of one of the walls she created as part of her business, Customize this Wall. Plano’s single mom recently suffered a rent increase of $ 750 per month for the house she rents.(Photo provided by Courtney Humphries)

Rent, house prices on the rise in North Texas

Rental fees for a single-family home in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area grew nearly 13% over the past year, with median costs of $ 1,814 per month in July, according to a CoreLogic report released this month.

D-FW apartment rents also jumped 15.5% in September from a year ago, according to an Apartment List report, which estimates median rents to be $ 1,140 for a one-bedroom apartment and $ 1,367 for a two bedroom apartment.

House prices in the region hit a record 23.7% year-on-year in July, one of the nation’s biggest gains in the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index.

What if you can’t pay your rent?

Rental prices are expected to stabilize by 2022, according to a forecast from the Texas Real Estate Research Center. Until then, tenants whose rent is increased at a rate they cannot afford have certain options.

Texas Rent Relief Program

Whether or not you are threatened with eviction, you can seek help with rents and utility bills that are open or past due up to 15 months through the Texas Rent Relief program. Landlords can also ask for unpaid or future rent on behalf of tenants.

In early September, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs was on the verge of paying nearly $ 800 million of its $ 1.3 billion in rent assistance, benefiting more than 124,000 households.

Information materials on eviction assistance are displayed at the Harmony Community Development Center in Dallas.

How to find out more and apply?

Rent relief in Dallas and Collin counties

Dallas County: Renters and landlords who do not live within Dallas city limits can apply for up to $ 1,500 per month in assistance for up to six months under the Housing Assistance Program. emergency.

City of Dallas: Residents can request the Dallas Rent Relief program if they have a household income equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income.

Dallas Rental Assistance Collaboration: Led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the program provides up to $ 1,500 per month for rent and utility bills for up to 15 months. Applicants are required to live in the city of Dallas and their household income cannot exceed 80% of the region’s median income.

Collin County: The county and some towns within it have received federal funding from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. To find out if you are eligible and which program covers your place of residence, enter your address on this site.

Legal assistance

Do you have a question about your rights as a tenant faced with eviction or bad debts? Leading legal aid organizations operating in Texas have come together to offer their legal expertise to tenants who are tackling housing issues through Stop TX eviction.

Editor-in-chief Dom Difurio contributed to this report.

4-year-old Leo Barrios from Richardson discovers a Chinese Chicken Cochin on display by Legalize Backyard Chickens during a Learn 2 Live Green event at the Shops at Legacy in Plano.


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